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Archive for September, 2012

Enviros seek to help defend Forest Service planning rule from industry challenge

(September 12)

E&E Daily News via Redlodge Clearinghouse

Environmental groups want to help the Forest Service defend itself against a federal lawsuit filed last month by a coalition of logging, ranching and off-highway vehicle (OHV) groups challenging the agency’s new planning rule for the nation’s 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands.

How Oregon’s prized pinot noir grapes will take the heat of climate change

(September 11)

NPR

Some grapes like it hot. But for growers of Pinot Noir, mild summers tempered by chilly nights and fresh ocean air make for award-winning, fortune-finding wines. Such a climate has turned Oregon into a producer of some of the world’s most highly regarded Pinot Noir… But as global warming nudges average temperatures upward across the planet and causes tumultuous, grape-damaging weather changes, winemakers in Oregon are wondering just how their superstar grape will fare — if at all.

Is fracking good for the environment?

(September 7)

Mother Jones

Is increased production of natural gas from shale deposits good for the environment? At first glance, yes…

Oregon power project needs the motion of the ocean

(September 7)

NPR

A generator that makes electricity from wave power is being prepared for installation some two and a half miles off the Oregon coast. Jason Busch, executive director of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, discusses the project and why some Oregon residents are looking to the sea as a source of renewable energy.

EPA agrees to set particulate limit by mid-December

(September 5)

E&E Daily News via Redlodge Clearinghouse

U.S. EPA has agreed to finalize new limits on particle air pollution that comes from power plants, boilers and car tailpipes by the end of the year. The agency formally signed a legal agreement Friday to finish the new particulate matter, or PM, limits by Dec. 14.

Idyllic Oregon thrust into energy export debate

(September 15)

Reuters

When federal officials arrived in this scenic but economically struggling port a few weeks ago for hearings on a proposed liquefied natural gas plant, some residents had a sense of déjà vu: it was only six years earlier, in the same auditorium, that they had already discussed the pros and cons of an LNG plant.  But there was one big difference this time around: the 2006 plan was designed to bring gas in, while the current project calls for shipping gas out.

When heat kills: global warming as a public health threat

(September 10)

NPR

The current poster child for global warming is a polar bear, sitting on a melting iceberg. Some health officials argue the symbol should, instead, be a child. That’s because emerging science shows that people respond more favorably to warnings about climate change when it’s portrayed as a health issue rather than as an environmental problem.

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Antarctic methane could worsen global warming: scientists

(August 29, 2012)

Reuters

Large volumes of the greenhouse gas methane could have been produced under the Antarctic Ice Sheet over millions of years, which could add to global warming if released into the atmosphere by a thaw, a study said on Wednesday.

To save costs, USFS aims to stamp out all fires

(August 22, 2012)

EE Daily News via Redlodge Clearinghouse

After years of allowing small fires to burn out on their own — and clean up the landscape in the process — the Forest Service is sending crews to stamp out every flame for financial reasons.

Why forest-killing megafires are the new normal

(August 23, 2012)

Second of a five part series by NPR

Fire scientists are calling it “the new normal”: a time of fires so big and hot that no one can remember anything like it.

‘Torture Lab’ kills trees to learn how to save them

(August 26, 2012)

Last of a five part series by NPR

The droughts that have parched big regions of the country are killing forests. In the arid Southwest, the body count is especially high. Besides trying to keep wildfires from burning up these desiccated forests, there’s not much anyone can do. In fact, scientists are only now figuring out how drought affects trees.

Interactive map: fire forecast

(updated daily)

NPR

Obama order targets industrial efficiency, emissions

(August 31, 2012)

Reuters

President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Thursday that would increase the number of cogeneration plants in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2020, a move that would boost U.S. industrial energy efficiency and slash carbon emissions by 150 million tons per year.

White House finalizes higher fuel economy standards

(August 29, 2012)

EE Daily News via Redlodge Clearinghouse

The White House today finalized rules that could double fuel economy in light-duty vehicles by 2025, a move the administration says will reduce domestic oil consumption by 12 billion barrels over the life of the program.

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